For the first time ever, a device has been created that could prove life-changing for people impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Dong Song is a professor from the University of Southern California and has demonstrated that a brain implant can improve the human memory. Song tested his device on 20 volunteers who were being treated for epilepsy and had brain electrodes implanted. Song conducted tests to stimulate short-term, as well as working term memory and was able to collect data on their brain. He was then able to use the brain implant to stimulate short-term memory by 15 percent and working memory by 25 percent, thus improving brain performance.
“We are writing the neural code to enhance memory function. This has never been done before.”
This scientific breakthrough could be life-changing for people both at risk, and already affected by neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Song’s device still needs to be tested further before it is approved as a treatment, but if the implant is successful in helping patients regain even a small part of their lost memory function, it could change the patients lives, as well as their families.
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